Beau Dangles

Handcrafted Jewelry — Designed to be Different

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Art in the Park

Summer time and art venues are popping up like new grass. It’s wonderful!

Artist Denise Collins is running Art in the Park, an event that appeals to me. It’s happening in the Village of Cremona, AB. Starting Sunday June 7, it will run every second Sunday at the Nature Trail Park on Main Street, from 1 to 4 pm.

She’s inviting artists in all mediums to join her. There is no charge to set up your display and sell your work. Bring your own table, chair, tent — whatever you need. You may also want to do demonstrations — always a good way of connecting with potential buyers.

“If you feel more comfortable with a tent, please feel free to bring one,” says Denise. “The event typically will not run if it’s raining, as people tend to avoid the park on rainy days. But if you would like one for shade, I ask that you bring your own.

“We are currently in the process of building a gazebo for the park, which should be finished in the next couple weeks. That will be open for artists to put their tables in as well once it’s completed.”

Art in the Park

Denise says Art in the Park is pretty relaxed. You can set up at 1 pm but slightly before is preferable. As far as take down, it’s preferable if you can stay until 4 but if you have to leave early that is just fine.

If you’d like to take part, let Denise know so she can include you in the advertising. (Click on poster for details.) She’ll be set up on each of those Sundays doing drawing demonstrations.

“There should be info on the Village of Cremona’s website. And on the Cremona Buy and Sell FB page. Depending on how this year goes, I will consider starting up a website for next year.

“You don’t have to attend all the dates either. It runs into August and you can attend as many or as few days as you like. The village and all the people who stopped last year were thrilled with the event!”

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Earring Bling Class

Earrings are fun to wear — and even more so when you’ve made them yourself. If you’d like create your own earrings you might want to sign up for my new class Earring Bling! 

The class is designed for beginners (more experienced jewelry makers are also welcome). I’ll take you step by step through the process from idea to finished piece. At the end of the evening you’ll have 3 pairs of lovely earrings.

I bring all the supplies — beads, crystals, pearls, charms and more — and the tools. I’ll have earring samples you can use for inspiration or you can create your own designs. If you have beads or charms at home you’d like use, be sure to bring them along.

The class runs Wednesday June 10 at the Sundre Library. Registration is limited to 8 people. Please call the Library to register (403) 638-4000.

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Water Valley Art Show 2015

If it’s April, it must be time for the Chinook Creative Arts Foundation’s annual show and sale in Water Valley, Alberta. The show runs Saturday April 25 from 10 to 4 pm.

This show is one of my favourite events. The small rural community is a strong supporter of the arts. The show features numerous regional artists working in various media and attracts an audience from several nearby towns and cities including Cochrane and Calgary.

There will be artists and artisans, local musicians and, of course, the famous homemade soups and pies.

I’ll have beadwork along with some of the wire and metal pieces I’ve been working on this past winter.


Taking Time Out

I met a wonderful group of women earlier this week when they showed up to take my Crystal Bracelet beading class, part of the fall events offered by the Springbank Ladies Time Out.

Each of the seven women chose a different colour from the kits I’d prepared, so every bracelet was unique. Although several had done some beading before two of them had never dipped their toes into the beading pool.

It was fun watching the bracelets come together. The women all knew each other so there was lively conversation as they worked on their projects.

The best part? Everyone finished their bracelets and left wearing beautiful handmade creations.

If you’d like to know more about other classes offered by Springbank LTO, check out their calendar.

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Water Valley Art Market

Last Saturday about 10 artists convened at the recently renovated Water Valley Church Events Centre for the first “How Great Thou Art” show and sale. (Love the play on words.)

Once a Catholic Church, the building had been decommissioned in 2001 and was slowly falling into disrepair. A local couple bought it and began to lovingly restore it.

Kristine Sarsons, an artist and one of the owners, organized the art show. She also arranged for several local musicians to entertain during the event. There was a potluck lunch for the artists and the music makers — a welcome break during a busy day.

The art show coincided with the annual Water Valley Days — complete with a pancake breakfast, a parade, chili cookoff, a BBQ and lots of family activities.

Made of Swarovski crystals and Japanese seed beads


Silent Auction at the Empty Bowls Arts Festival

This Saturday I’ll be at the Arts Festival in Airdrie, AB from 11 to 5 pm. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Airdrie Food Bank, and a good cause in support of ending hunger.

Each artist appearing in the show has donated a piece of work for the silent auction. This is the necklace I’ve submitted.

Made of Swarovski crystals and Japanese seed beads

This three dimensional piece features blue zircon Swarovski crystals and Japanese seed beads, and closes with a vintage button clasp.

You’ll find more about the Arts festival here.


Empty Bowls Arts Festival 2014

Copper HeartIt’s that time again! The Airdrie Food Bank is celebrating its 8th annual Empty Bowls Arts Festival.

This community-wide event began in 2007 and has grown in popularity each year. The week-long activities culminate on Saturday June 21 with the Arts Festival from 11 to 5, rain or shine. It all happens at Nose Creek Park.

You’ll be able to buy local art, meet the artists, watch demonstrations, listen to music and bid on an array of art in the silent auction. You’ll also be able to enjoy a free soup lunch. Bowls are available for a suggested donation of $20.

I’m one of the artists taking part in this fun, family-oriented event and will be donating one of my pieces to the silent auction to help raise funds for the Food Bank. Join us if you can. 🙂

Water Valley Art Sale

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New Show Season!

Well, I’m back in the saddle again. Okay, maybe not a real saddle, but I am kicking off the 2014 show season — beginning tomorrow with the annual Art Show at Water Valley, Alberta.

And true to form, there’s probably gonna be some snow — after all, it is spring in Alberta. But we’re indoors, there’s hearty hot soup and scrumptious homemade pies. Hope you can join us. 🙂

Check for more information at the Chinook Creative Arts Foundation.

Water Valley Art Sale

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ARTember’s Art Show & Sale

Airdrie’s ARTember kicked off last Friday with the 3rd annual Art Show & Sale in the large showroom at Cam Clark Ford.

Nearly 30 artists had work for sale — painting, photography, wood turning, jewelry, bronze sculpture, wood carving and more. All the artists are members of ARTS (Airdrie Regional ARTS Society).

Here are a few who caught my eye.

Darryl Bernsten has been taking photographs for a long time but only recently begun to show his work professionally. His photo titled “Wheat” shows amazing detail.

Darryle Bernsten

John Smythe is a wood turner. His turned and decorated “Butterfly” vase won first place in the Woodturning Section of the 2013 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase. The judges also awarded it “Best of Show” for all woodworking entries.

John Smythe

Rick Berg has been painting for about 25 years and is best known for his wildlife and landscape work, like this piece titled “Mt. Assiniboine”.

Rick Berg

Ken Vicketts is a wood carver. This pair of gannets won Best of Show in the Wildlife category at the Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show.

Ken Vicketts

Diane M. Anderson has been working in bronze for about 35 years. This piece, titled “Quittin’ Time”, was bought by a collector at the show.

Diane M. Anderson

All in all, it was a great event. 😉

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ARTember is Coming!

Airdrie is doing it again. Beginning September 13 the city is hosting 2 weeks of arts and culture to celebrate Alberta’s creative spirit, turning September into ARTember.

Part of the celebration is a wonderful art show and sale taking place September 13 and 14 in the showroom at Cam Clark Ford in Airdrie. This is the third year for this event and each year it gets better.

Artember Poster

You can check out some of the artists who will be appearing there (including me 😉 ) on Facebook.


Bare Naked Ears

“I want those earrings.”

“Pardon me?” I said.

“Those ones, the ones you’re wearing.”

At first I thought he was joking but the man standing in my booth at the show this past weekend was serious. He and his adult son had looked at all the earrings on my table and then his eyes settled on the ones I was wearing.

“Did you make those?” he asked.

“Yes,” I said. “They’re my favourite pair.”

“Well they’re the ones I want.”  He was buying a present for a woman in his life and those were the earrings he wanted.

“Sorry,” I replied. “They’re not for sale.”

He looked around again. “Well, what if I bought these as well?” He picked out a pair. “Sorry,” I said for the second time. “Not for sale.”

He continued looking. “I’d also like to buy these too.” He added a second pair to his purchase. He said it all with an easy manner and a big smile on his face.

How could I say no? “Okay!” I laughed at his persistence. I brought out my pliers, removed the clips from the earrings and put on new hooks. I wrapped each pair, he paid me and the deal was done.

He and his son walked away with 3 pairs of earrings and I made a sale I won’t soon forget.

The earrings really were my favourite. Luckily I can make another set. While I’m at it maybe I’ll make 2 pairs. Who knows? Maybe someone at my next show will want to buy them right off my ears. 😉


August Art Show

Stone LilacThere’s a great outdoor Art Show & Sale coming up on August 24 & 25 in Sundre AB. The show runs from 10 to 5 both days and features several local artists.

There will be an interesting mix of art including pottery, paintings, woodwork and jewelry.

Organizer David Todd is hosting the show on the front lawn of his business, Otter Rafting Adventures. During the summer David runs successful white water rafting trips on the Red Deer River. During the winter — and in his spare hours other times — he runs Otter Pottery.

The annual Sundre Pro Rodeo — which was postponed because of the flooding in June — is also running this weekend.

It’s going to be lots of fun — hope you can join us!

Click here for a map. 😉


Bead a Crystal Bracelet

Crystal Blue Delight Beading is a lot of fun — and even more so when I can share it with others.

I’m offering one of my most popular classes again on September 11th at the Sundre Public Library. (See my class titled “Crystal Wrap” for details.)

This right angle weave design combines those ever-so-blingy Swarovski crystals with silky smooth Swarovski crystal pearls. The bracelet is finished with an easy-on, easy-off snap clasp — no more fumbling with catches.

You can choose from a wide range of colours so that your bracelet will be uniquely your own. (I’ll also have extra kits available for purchase if you want to make more. But be warned: beading is addictive! 😉 )

The class is limited to 8 students. Please register with the Sundre Public Library (403-638-4000).

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ArtWalk Kickoff!

Wellspring’s 7th annual ArtWalk kicks off this week and that means a summer full of wonderful art in more than 30 venues across Central Alberta.


This summer my work will be featured in Side Street Fashion & Accessories in Uptowne Olds, AB. I’m delighted to be there. The staff have been so welcoming and have provided me with a prominent spot to display my jewelry.

I do hope you’ll get a chance to stop by and tour the store — it’s brimming with beautiful designer clothes and accessories. Their summer sale is on right now, so be sure to check out the specials.

The official launch for ArtWalk is this Friday evening from 7 to 8 pm at the Olds Museum. A special thanks to the Olds Uptowne Group who are sponsoring this event.

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Empty Bowls Art Festival Cancelled

Southern Alberta is experiencing the worst flooding in recorded history. In Calgary, the province’s largest city, between 75,000-100,000 residents — about 10% of its population — have already been ordered to evacuate their homes and the city’s downtown core is undergoing mandated evacuation this afternoon.

Roads and bridges are closed and entire residential and business areas are underwater. Towns and cities both upstream in the Rocky Mountains and downstream on the prairie are suffering unimaginable losses. The TransCanada Highway and the main rail line of Canadian Pacific are closed in several places because of washouts and landslides. And still the rain falls.

The Empty Bowls Arts Festival scheduled in Airdrie for tomorrow has been cancelled. The city issued the following announcement about noon today:

The Arts Festival is being replaced by an Emergency Relief event. Anyone affected by the floods is invited to drop by Nose Creek Park on Main Street in Airdrie on Saturday, June 22 between 11 and 3 p.m. for free soup lunch and emergency food support. There will be music and children’s activities to help lift the spirits of families attending. 

For those who can, please donate non-perishable food and/or money for emergency funds. All money and food raised will go to Alberta provincial food bank associations to be distributed to areas most affected by the floods. 

Please know that the Airdrie Food Bank is not able to collect clothes and/or household items due to limited storage.

Although the gravel road that connects us to the pavement is under water we live on high ground — we are safe and dry and much more fortunate than so many others today. There’s a lot to be grateful for.